Land claimants get R26 mln payout

2012-02-20 00:00

PEOPLE claiming land in Bishopstowe and Emhlangeni have been paid R26 million in compensation.

The next phase will see some of them get back land lost since the passing of the Native Land Act 99 years ago.

At a ceremony on Friday, claimant Sthembiso Zimu said it had been a long wait.

“We are happy that at last we received compensation, but there are so many people [who] have passed away … [they] will not see the results of their hard work.”

The 285 beneficiaries of the Bishopstowe community will share R15 million and the 229 in Emhlangeni nearly R11 million.

Bheki Mbili, newly appointed chief director of the Commission on Restitution of Land Rights in Kwa­Zulu-Natal, told the gathering there were plans to speed up the restitution process.

• mlondi.radebe@witness.co.za

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